10 things we didn't know last week

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1. Mares prefer stallions with deep whinnies.

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2. UK Chancellor George Osborne is amused by the idea of visiting a hard hat factory.

Find out more (Financial Times)

3. Scotland has the terroir for growing the world's finest tea.

Find out more (the Times)

4. Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela has more lightning strikes than anywhere else in the world.

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5. Winston Churchill tried to give Lincoln Cathedral's copy of Magna Carta to the US to help convince the Americans to join World War Two.

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6. Putting a lightbulb inside a fruit or vegetable shows that they all emit light differently - rough surfaced items like cauliflower create the most interesting effect.

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7. A man-sized lobster lived 480 million years ago.

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8. At Hotel Football, run by ex-Manchester United players, Gary Neville is represented in the bathroom by blackcurrant extract shampoo while brother Phil is a bar of soap.

Find out more (Financial Times)

9. Chameleons change colour by rearranging crystals rather than dispersing pigments.

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10. The Finnish prime minister has a 95-year-old great uncle who skis every Saturday and Sunday.

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